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    I've been cranking out a few custom drumsticks lately for myself. A friend with an automated lathe and duplicator has been letting me go to town. Most get braised with the propane torch then stained in a variety of ways then sealed. A few get the metallic bands. Most are 7A variants. I experiment mostly with taper but the whole thing is really just an excuse to play with the woodworking of it all. So, I thought I'd share my drum related side fun. Be well!
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    Those a beautiful! What wood are you using? How much would you charge to make some?

    (I like me some 17" long 5B short tapers with a slightly smaller acorn )

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    Really great looking sticks. What type of wood please.
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    That's awesome...look like the new Promarks. Dang, what a bonus being able to whip up your own sticks when you need them!

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    Thanks for the kind words.

    Most are hickory, a few are maple. I used what supply was in hand. Personally, I prefer a softer maple stick. I like cymbal definition but hate the plastic sound from nylon tips. So, I actually put a very hard sealant varnish on the bead itself as s sort of hybrid wood/nylon tip and for me it's perfect, especially on my Zildjian K-Custom Darks. I like something closer to a 7A but a bit thicker.

    I often thought how much fun I'd have churning these out for others but truth be told... I snap a stick or two on the lathe for every one that survives. Then, to crank out enough to get matched pair within 5-7 grams each requires making quite a few. They tend to snap on the lathe near the last bit... the thin joint holding them in place.

    Making adjustments to new profiles on paper then transferring to the machine is tricky... I can't say I get a practical shape on the first try. It usually takes a few prototypes and a lot of kindling. So, I think as much as I'd be happy to produce some for order the cost for my failings along the way toward a proper pair would probably be unreasonable. Thanks for the boost to my self confidence for asking!

    As for new sticks when I need them... so much less fuss for me to go pick up some Steve Gadds at the store. Haha. These take days from start to finish for stain and varnish times alone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Riggz View Post
    Thanks for the kind words. Most are hickory, a few are maple. I used what supply was in hand. Personally, I prefer a softer maple stick. I like cymbal definition but hate the plastic sound from nylon tips. So, I actually put a very hard sealant varnish on the bead itself as s sort of hybrid wood/nylon tip and for me it's perfect, especially on my Zildjian K-Custom Darks. I like something closer to a 7A but a bit thicker. I often thought how much fun I'd have churning these out for others but truth be told... I snap a stick or two on the lathe for every one that survives. Then, to crank out enough to get matched pair within 5-7 grams each requires making quite a few. They tend to snap on the lathe near the last bit... the thin joint holding them in place. Making adjustments to new profiles on paper then transferring to the machine is tricky... I can't say I get a practical shape on the first try. It usually takes a few prototypes and a lot of kindling. So, I think as much as I'd be happy to produce some for order the cost for my failings along the way toward a proper pair would probably be unreasonable. Thanks for the boost to my self confidence for asking! As for new sticks when I need them... so much less fuss for me to go pick up some Steve Gadds at the store. Haha. These take days from start to finish for stain and varnish times alone.
    I'd still be interested in a pair the way you make them now, and maybe just a bit longer than normal lol

    They really look great and I like the idea of the hardened wood tip.

    Hell, I'd love to give a pair a try exactly how you have made them lol

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    They look super nice, Riggz! Like, mega pro sticker maker and stuff. That would very satisfying work.

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    I like your randomness ... great work! ..

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    Wow. Those are amazing.
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    You're all very kind, thank you. Actually I started with the "look" a few years ago on a chime set I made. Obviously you can see my woodworking skills leave a bit to be desired but the finishing treatment I used just seemed fun to transfer to the sticks. Now my claves, sticks and chimes all match. Sticks are hard to do (lots of expensive breakage) for me but I'm thinking of doing a music stand in this style. Less finicky paper drawings and delicate transfer to lathe work. Breaking sticks on that is like an adult jack in the box. Too stressful. Haha.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Riggz View Post
    <img src="https://www.pearldrummersforum.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=506789"/> <img src="https://www.pearldrummersforum.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=506790"/> You're all very kind, thank you. Actually I started with the "look" a few years ago on a chime set I made. Obviously you can see my woodworking skills leave a bit to be desired but the finishing treatment I used just seemed fun to transfer to the sticks. Now my claves, sticks and chimes all match. Sticks are hard to do (lots of expensive breakage) for me but I'm thinking of doing a music stand in this style. Less finicky paper drawings and delicate transfer to lathe work. Breaking sticks on that is like an adult jack in the box. Too stressful. Haha.
    Those look great too!

    Now where are the claves? Lol

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    Thanks!
    The Claves fell behind the Hammond organ (rolled off the top) and may be inside... that's going to take some work to dig out. ha ha

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